Do Not Press THIS Button

Prior to yesterday’s 15 minute 700 point whoosh, US markets were downover 3%.

The losses — briefly — tripled.

This is not normal trading behavior. There will likely be some explanation that will explain what happened. I suspect after this weekend, we will learn whether this was a high frequency trading (HFT) error, or a futures/e mini error, or some other factor. In the meanwhile, steer clear of conspiracy theories and PPT excuses.

On a related note, I am not happy with the Exchanges breaking trades. If you want buyers to step into the fray when the markets collapse, they need to know those trades will stand.

I have a lunch meeting with the ICE man today — so while I am out, please do NOT press the red button . . .


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